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What is Actor-Network Theory

Fostering Communication and Learning With Underutilized Technologies in Higher Education
An approach that promotes social and natural worlds that exist in a continuously shifting network of relationships.
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Internet of Things (IoT) to Foster Communication and Information Sharing: A Case of UK Higher Education
Mohammed Banu Ali (Institute of Management, University of Bolton, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4846-2.ch001
IoT is a rapidly emerging technology in education that attracts researchers, students, and administrators. This chapter reviews the opportunities and challenges of the IoT to determine whether there are potential communication and information sharing cultures in higher education institutions (HEIs). Despite the findings revealing stakeholders' demand for a better collaborative learning environment and better information sharing capabilities, IoT has various security and interoperability concerns that present an unattractive prospect for HE stakeholders to embrace IoT. IoT has the potential to meet HEIs system expectations, though stakeholders remain distant toward embracing IoTs. This indicates that stakeholders are not ready to embrace IoTs, thus prompting the need to study why stakeholders are resistant towards the IoT.
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Reviewing the Actor-Network Theory
Actor-network theory (ANT) is intended as a powerful conceptual tool to study, analyse, describe, explain and design socio-technical systems.
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Are E-Commerce (Shopping) Companies Targeting the Right Segment in India
A theory that considers some rational people interpretations or decisions as a group decision.
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Adoption of ICT in an Australian Rural Division of General Practice
An approach to research in which networks associations and interactions among actors (both human and nonhuman) and are the basis for investigation.
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Rediscovering Design Education as a Social Constructivist Foundation for Innovative Design Thinking
As a way of seeing the world, and specifically the relationships and associations that people enter into, ANT regards all entities that play a role in these relationships as equal actors in an unfolding narrative, including designed object as non-human actors.
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The Networked Effect of Children and Online Digital Technologies
Social life understood through a network where human and technological entities have agency to interact and transform each other within symmetric relationships.
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Flattening Relations in the Sharing Economy: A Framework to Analyze Users, Digital Platforms, and Providers
Is a theoretical and methodological approach that focuses on how associations between humans and nonhumans are formed, maintained, and developed in a heterogeneous network of interests, processes, and relationships.
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